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Dim sum and bagels mingle at Mission Chinese's new brunch service

Chef Danny Bowien keeps mashing up genres.
Mission Chinese FoodEva Kis, Metro


Mission Chinese Food is launching breakfast (for real this time) on Christmas Day.

A recent cereal-themed project with Kellogg’s got chef Danny Bowien thinking about breakfast, and he decided to combine the best of two cultures for his new spread, which debuts at a 10 a.m.-3 p.m. brunch service on Thursday.

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“We’re gonna have dim sum carts going around, but not with traditional dim sum,” he says. “It’s gonna be Mission Chinese Food: little plates of mapo tofu, and scrambled egg and tapioca dumplings.”

A second cart will travel the dining room laden with Black Seed’s Montreal-style bagels, baked in MCF’s wood-fired ovens, alongside the appropriate accoutrements like chopped liver and a collaborative take on whitefish salad.

There's also this, so who knows where else the menu will roam:



The combination “makes absolutely no sense,” Bowien acknowledges, “but we can get away with it ‘cause we just do what we want. It’s stuff we’re actually excited about; it’s not for kitsch.” Brunch in NYC just doesn’t feel complete without a bagel, he says, and with a lot of tourists eating at Mission Chinese, why not treat them to another best-of staple of the city?

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For Bowien though, it does get a little personal: “I just want to eat bagels on Christmas Day instead of Chinese food, ‘cause I’m around [it] all the time.I eat pizzaat Mission Chinese Food more than I eat Chinese food.”

The restaurant is not accepting reservations for Christmas Day, so open those stockings early. Brunch service will continue on weekends.

 

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